What with the delayed summer, it’s hard to believe that winter is fast approaching, but we’ll all be out scraping our windscreen with whatever we can lay our hands on before we know it.
The coming months are particularly testing on driving conditions, with wet roads causing reduced stopping distances you want to make sure your car is performing at its best, especially your tyres.
As it’s tyre safety month, we want to make you aware how important it is to regularly maintain your tyres and even show you how you can check these yourself at home.
Check The Condition Of The Tyre
Regularly check the wall and tread of your tyres for any damage, such as nails, and address any concerns you might have immediately.
Check The Tyre Pressure
Tyre pressure is vital to the road handling of the car. This should be checked for your car and tyre brand and maintained regularly.
Check The Tyre Tread
In wet weather tyre tread help to remove water from the contact patch between your tyres and the road surface meaning your car can brake, steer and accelerate properly.
Without adequate tread depth your tyres may not be able to perform properly in wet conditions, reducing your safety on the road. It is therefore advisable to consider replacing your tyres well before they reach the legal minimum, which in the UK is 1.6mm.
You are also at risk of a fine of up to £2,500 and three penalty points for each illegal tyre.
To find out how you can check your tyres (and a few other handy checks to keep your car in good order), watch below.
Consider Winter Tyres
Don’t forget that when the temperature dips below 7c, winter tyres can help in cold and snowy conditions.